Jeff Dryden (CCC)
Seeking God’s Rest Within God’s Ways
Pray for grace through the application of God’s word
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Read Ruth 3
How should we think about this chapter?
What do we see of God’s heart?
Is there a place in your life, where the Lord would want you to step out…..and trust Him. To move toward…rather than pull back?
Jeff Dryden quoted Paul Miller, in A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships, saying,
*Many Christians get stuck trying to grow their faith by growing their faith. They try to get closer to Jesus by getting closer to Jesus. Practically that means combining spiritual disciplines (the Word & prayer) with reflection on the love of God for them. But that will only get you so far. In fact it often leads to spiritual moodiness where you are constantly taking your pulse wondering how much you know the love of God for you. Or you go on an endless idol hunt trying to uncover ever deeper layers of sin. Oddly enough, this can lead to a concentration on the self, a kind of spiritual narcissism.
Ruth discovers God and his blessing as she obeys, as she submits to the life circumstances that God has given her. So instead of running from the really hard thing in your life, embrace it as a gift from God to draw you into his life.
Have you ever seen a narcissism in the spiritual discipline of the Word and prayer and reflection on God’s love? How? Have you ever found God in obedience and submission? What was that like?
Pray for each other.